Lenin: A Revolutionary Life
From a highly distinguished author on the subject, this biography is an excellent scholarly introduction to one of the key figures of the Russian Revolution and post-Tsarist Russia. Not only does it make use of archive material made newly available in the glasnost and post-Soviet eras, it re-examines traditional sources as well, providing an original interpretation of Lenin's life and historical importance.
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A prominent figure at the forefront of debates on the Russina revolution, Read makes sure that Lenin remains in his place as a highly influential and significant figure of the recent past.
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Review: Lenin: A Revolutionary Life (Routledge Historical Biographies)User Review - Radostinski - Goodreads
Honestly, that one was really good and informative. The author tried to be as impartial as possible and simply told the story of Lenin's life. Plain and simple. Read full review
Review: Lenin: A Revolutionary Life (Routledge Historical Biographies)User Review - David - Goodreads
I started to like this more toward the end. I think I'll have to read more about the formation of the USSR to really appreciate this book, though. Read full review
1 Choosing revolution
2 Laying the foundations of Leninism 18961902
3 Constructing Leninism
4 Imperialism war and revolution
5 From the Finland station to the Winter Palace
6 From classroom to laboratory early experiments